Cayuga Medical Center, and Schuyler Hospital are responding to the increase in COVID cases in Cayuga County by enforcing new guidelines for patients and staff.
Starting Monday of this week, all patients and staff, whether vaccinated or not, will need a mandatory COVID test before any surgical procedure, endoscopy, and invasive radiological procedures.
Visiting has also been changed to two visitors per person per day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.
Entering the hospital means having temperatures checked as well as screening for symptoms.
A support person is allowed with a patient undergoing a procedure.
Visitors must wear a mask and if they refuse are not allowed in the facility.
Testing before a procedure needs to be done within 5 business days of the procedure. A rapid test is necessary for emergency care.
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